Thursday, March 15, 2012

My oldest teacup

You know how it is: You walk into an antique store looking for an old watering can, you walk out with a new teacup. Or in this case, a very old teacup.

It's dawned on me that I have a bit of a fetish for teacups with odd handles.

And interesting feet. (Even if I don't normally like feet on teacups.) Aren't these rope handles and feet interesting?

That rope design is just the darndest thing.

And of course I can justify the purchase of anything with pink roses on it, if I try hard enough.

The backstamp on this set was a mystery waiting to be solved. All those numbers and letters! A little surfing led me here, to a wonderful source of info from a woman named Janice Paull. If I've used the decoder correctly, my Mason's cup and saucer design was introduced on Feb. 1, 1869.

Welcome to the tea cabinet, old friend!

24 comments:

  1. This is a very special teacup!!

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  2. What a joy to own such a beautiful and antique teacup. I wish you a nice day! Zinnia

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  3. Unique and beautiful teacup, Angela!

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  4. That teacup is beautiful. There is no way anyone could have passed that one without bringing it home.

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  5. Love the new old teacup! That roping pattern for the handle and feet is surely intriguing. Have never seen that before!

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  6. Such a pretty cup and you're right, the feet and handle are quite interesting. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  7. WOW!!!!

    She is a beauty if ever I saw one!

    Interesting backstamp to be sure.

    Nice score, Angela!!!

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  8. Wooow, very old one, and it's so beautiful and interesting!

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  9. I love it! So old and so beautiful.

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  10. This is very unique. I would be happy to place this with the others. Enjoy it. Deb

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  11. this took my breath away. That is the best thing about meandering around is when you happen upon a treasure such as this. Happy it has such a great home where it is appreciated. Can you imagine the stories it could tell?

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  12. Oh wow this is gorgeous and what a find. The handles and feet are gorgeous

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  13. What a wonderful looking teacup. The rope detailing is so unique.

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  14. I actually love teacups that have little feet, I think they are the cutest! Your teacup is very pretty!

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  15. What an extraordinary teacup! It is truly unique and beautiful and I can't think of anyone else who should be the caretaker of it. Can you imagine it surviving all these years? I wonder who owned it...
    You always find the best tea things! You are a great tea sleuth.

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  16. Oh wow! What a great find. It's beautiful.

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  17. How beautiful! And how wonderful to find a teacup that old. Enjoy! Heidi T.

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  18. I've never seen any rope-work like this. Enjoy your cup!

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  19. Hi Angela,

    Your antique tea cup is drop dead gorgeous! I think we both may have the same problem with tea cup addictions. LOL!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings, Darlene

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  20. It is beautiful and I also love that handle and little feet with the rope design, so unique.

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  21. Wow, this is one gorgeous tea cup!
    The rope design is beautiful, great find, Angela. Joanie

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